The exhibit featurs 25 paintings created by the 97 year old painter between 2010-13. Beiren uses both Chinese and Western traditions in his work--Chinese brushwork and Western Abstract Expressionism. The title of the exhibit refers to the ultimate standard by which Chinese masterpieces are judged. A work is ranked by how it reveals the innate spirit beneath physical form. Present material realism isn not part of acknowledging a work to be a "masterpiece" in this tradition.
Beirne was born in Liaoning, China and was educated in Japan. He currently lives and works in Los Altos, California.